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Nigeria May Develop New Strain Of COVID-19, Scientist Warns

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Renowned scientists have said that , as the new coronavirus spreads , there is a higher chance of Nigeria having another strain of the viral infection.

A professor of virology and former Vice- Chancellor at the Redeemer ’ s University , Nigeria , Ede , Osun State , Oyewale Tomori , told PUNCH HealthWise that the more there is community spread of the infection, the higher the chance of virus mutation to form a new strain that is peculiar to Nigeria .

Prof . Tomori said , “ The more the community spread, the higher the chance of virus mutation. ”

Confirming that there are three strains of COVID- 19 in Nigeria , Tomori said the strains , which are classified into A, B . 1 and B2 – 1 , represent importations from different parts of the world .

According to the virologist , studies principally conducted at the African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Disease at RUN, together with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed that the first SARS-CoV- 2 causing the COVID- 19 disease isolated from the European traveller who introduced the disease to Nigeria is genetically related to the European virus , consistent with the known travel history of this case .

“ Further studies from the same ACEGID at the Redeemer ’ s University , showed that genetic analyses of twenty additional SARS- CoV- 2 isolated in Nigeria belong to three different lineages – A, B. 1 and B. 2 – 1 .

“ The A- line includes viruses originating from China and exported to other regions of the world – South East Asia , Japan , South Korea , Australia, the USA .

“ The B. 1 lineage corresponds to the Italian outbreak , while the B. 2 – 1 line represents viruses from the UK , Europe , Jordan , Australia, USA , India, Ghana .

“ These studies conclude that there have been various introductions of multiple lineages of COVID- 19 virus into Nigeria . ”

Tomori said that the Ede team found that four of Nigerian cases were patients infected with a mutant virus .

“ Three of these patients presented with very severe disease . This mutation helps the virus to dominate the wild type and to evade immune interventions . ”

 

 

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FG: Domestic Flights To Resume July 8

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The Federal Government on Wednesday says domestic flights will resume effective July 8 .

 

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika , made this known via his official Twitter handle .
The minister explained that the restart of commercial operations would begin with the Lagos and Abuja airports which would both open on July 8 .

 

Sirika added that four other airports including Kano, Port Harcourt , Owerri and Maiduguri would resume from July 11 .

 

He wrote , “I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on the 8 th of July, 2020 . Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri & Maiduguri to resume on the 11 th . Other airports on the 15 th . Date for international to be announced in due course . Bear with us . ”

 

The country’ s airspace and airports had been shut to flight operations in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic .

 

Essential flights such as those for evacuation and movement of medical supplies were, however , permitted .

 

 

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FG Increases Petrol Pump Price To N143.80

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has announced a new price band of N140.80 to N143.80 per litre for Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. 

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The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has announced a new price band of N140.80 to N143.80 per litre for Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. 

 

Sources at the Abuja headquarters of the agency said the rise in petrol price was primarily due to the increase in global crude oil prices.

 

A circular released on Wednesday July 1, from the PPPRA to marketers reads;

 

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price band of N140.80-N143.80 per litre for the month of July 2020.

All marketers are advised to operate within the indicative prices as advised by the PPPRA.”

 

The federal government, in March, announced that the retail price of petrol would be adjusted monthly to reflect realities in the global crude oil market. On May 31, 2020, the PPPRA announced a price band of N121.50 to N123.50 per litre for the product.

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774,000 jobs: Nigerians React To Tinubu’s Daughter, MC Oluomo Being Part Of The Committee To Supervise FG’s Recruitment

Nigerians have reacted to report of Tinubu’s daughter and Iyaloja-General, Folasade Tinubu-Ojo; and the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Lagos State, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo being part of the 20-member committee that will supervise the recruitment of 20,000 Lagos youths into Federal Government’s Special Public Works Programme.

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Nigerians have reacted to report of Tinubu’s daughter and Iyaloja-General, Folasade Tinubu-Ojo; and the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Lagos State, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo being part of the 20-member committee that will supervise the recruitment of 20,000 Lagos youths into Federal Government’s Special Public Works Programme.

 

The 774,000 youths who are to be employed by FG for three months across the country, will receive a monthly payment of N20,000. They will engage in unskilled jobs such as sweeping streets, clearing drainages, controlling traffic and road construction among others.

 

Other Nigerians who made the 20-member list for Lagos state include former local government chairman, Kayode Elesin; the Commissioner for Works, Bamgbose Martins; the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Alexander Bamgbola; Commissioner for Rural Development, Cornelius Ojelabi; and APC woman leader for Lagos-Central, Mrs. Fadekemi Otitonaiye, former Chief Whip of the Lagos House of Assembly, Omotayo Oduntan-Oyelodun; a member of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s campaign team, Wale Adelana.

 

Also included on the list are Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi; Mrs. Modupe Ola, Ashiru Olakunle, Labrar Folami, Olufeko Adebowale, Serena Edward and Akanni Babatunde.

 

The appointment has been trailed with mixed reaction and here are some below;

 

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